Wellington - As M Aamir ran in to bowl at the pacy Basin Reserve in Wellington on Monday, a section of the crowd began to taunt him. Aamir must have anticipated such a scenario as he was preparing to make a comeback from a five-year spot-fixing ban.

But what transpired during the first ODI left the 23-year-old disturbed, sources in the team revealed. As Aamir returned to his fielding position on the boundary, an individual from the same section of the stands began waving currency notes. Observing the situation from a distance, Pakistan’s senior players and former captain Mohammad Hafeez – who had been among the ones most vocal against Aamir’s return into the squad – stepped in to the young fast bowler’s rescue.

Hafeez and the other players went to the on-field umpires immediately and requested for the ground staff to intervene. Upon umpires’ call, Basin Reserve’s security proceeded to the stand and issued a sound warning to that individual. After the match ended, sources said that the person in question was told to ‘behave’ or face ejection from the stadium.

Hafeez and one-day international skipper Azhar Ali were strictly against Aamir’s return to Pakistan colours. They gone as far as boycotting a national training camp because of the left-arm pacer’s presence. But Hafeez in particularly had taken an extremely harsh stance on the issue. He had reportedly turned down an offer from a Bangladesh Premier League franchise having Aamir in their lineup, and refused to face the young fast bowler during one of the nets session at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Hafeez had always maintained that “it is about the image of Pakistan cricket”. Today in Wellington, donning Pakistan colours, seeing his teammate being sledged at, Hafeez lived up to his words. In a separate development, a bunch of reporters in Lahore posed a tricky question to PCB supremo Shaharyar Khan after Aamir bowled a wide off his first delivery back in ODIs.

Khan, who took over the board’s chairmanship in August 2014, was quick in rubbishing their suspicions. “A wide and a no-ball in cricket is as natural as winning and losing. I am satisfied with Aamir’s performance,” he said.